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What is Microbiology & Immunology?

The study of microbiology & immunology

As a student of Dalhousie’s Department of Microbiology & Immunology, you'll develop an understanding of the disease-causing potential of bacteria and viruses. You’ll further that knowledge by studying how the immune system responds to those kinds of threats. You’ll have the opportunity to join the ranks of microbiologists and immunologists who have worked hard to:

  • develop antibiotics and anti-viral medications
  • establish ways to detect infection and food/environmental contamination
  • create flu vaccines
  • eradicate diseases like polio
  • improve treatments for diseases like arthritis and multiple sclerosis

Improving our health through microbiology research

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms (like viruses, bacteria and parasites) and the roles they play in our lives.

As a microbiology student at Dalhousie, you'll learn a variety of highly transferable skills that allow you to embark on a wide variety of careers after graduation, including:

  • researcher
  • diagnostic technician
  • environmental microbiologist
  • biotech technician
  • biotech manager

Taking preventative measures with immunology research

Immunology is the study of how the body protects itself from microbes that cause infectious disease and tumors.

Immunologists perform many of the same roles as microbiologists. They also develop new vaccines, create novel antibiotics and improved therapies for inflammatory diseases. As a graduate of immunology, there are many types of careers to consider, including:

  • researcher
  • diagnostic technician
  • biotech technician
  • biotech manager